: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
23rd April 2009
donít know why it should be but it seems that when plumbing
things start to go wrong in old houses, they go wrong
in bulk. And then the puttings-right start to
go wrong. The sequence started with minor annoyances
like overflows leaking and taps dripping. Then
the boiler failed; only it hadnít really- it was the
oil meter that had given a false reading so we ran out
of oil. A toilet started weeping from the tank.
It was repaired, which seemed to work until the
tank cracked and the toilet kept on flushing water into
the lounge below. Following which, the boiler really
up so we decided that it was time it was changed.
The new boiler arrived but was the wrong size
and it would take a week for the new one to arrive.
The old one had, of course, been removed by now.
Fortunately the weather is warmer so the lack
of heating is not too great a problem.
new boiler needed a new chimney liner, which meant a
cherry picker was needed in order to fit it. I
was just getting ready for todayís walk when the phone
rang. The cherry picker delivery wagon driver
couldnít get down the little lane that leads to our
house. Or to be more precise he feared that if
he did, he would not be able to reverse back out, so
please could the plumbers come and collect the cherry
picker from the road in the village. However the
plumbers had not arrived and I was the only available
cherry picker driver. It was quite fun, driving
the monster slowly down the road and negotiating it
through our gateway, from a driving position some thirty
feet in the air! However, it serves to explain why
I wasnít exactly ready when Pete arrived on time despite
there having been a crash on the M6 and why we were a little late setting
off on the pick up trail.
have had some glorious weather over Easter but it had
started to go off and the mountain forecast recommended
staying in the south east of the Lake District. Consequently,
we decided it was time to revisit the Howgills. The
plan was to explore the area to the northwest of The
Calf. On our way to Four Lane Ends where we intended
to park, we were taken by surprise by the appearance
of an attractive small church we had never noticed before.
Probably as it was down a road we had never travelled
at Howgill is in an idyllic setting by a stream but
was strangely uninteresting inside, despite some old
boards. It was perhaps too modern internally with
a flat ceiling.
Trinity Church, Howgil
was surprisingly chilly when we reached Four Lane Ends.
Stan took that as an excuse to add an extra base
layer but we think he just wanted to strip to show
off his tan secured by two weeks on Tenerife.
Lune Gorge from Four Lane Ends
and I had a debate as to whether to go up the Calf and
circle left (my intended route) or the reverse, which
he advocated. In the end we decided
that as the tops were covered in mist that should clear,
it would be better to start via the Calf. Once
the decision had been taken, Stan started muttering
about Bryan having made the wrong decision and that
we should have gone the other way. Stan- mea culpa,
not Bryan, but we thought you liked autocratic decisions!
folds of the Howgills
route took us up Long Rigg Beck and then up the nose
of White Fell. Tony was finding that eight pints
in Glasgow the day before is not the best training for
a steepish pull! It is, however, a delightful
area with the meandering folds of the valleys.
path up White Fell to The Calf
we neared the top, the mist got thicker and there was
a cold wind blowing on The Calf.
We headed east to
drop into the top of a valley to get some respite whilst
we had lunch.
Because of the lack of visibility we abandoned
the thought of exploring the area to the northwest, preferring
to stick to the better known combination of The Calf,
Calders and Arant Haw and then returning to the valley
via Swarth Greaves.
picture on The Calf
starting to clear on approaching Arant Haw
I particularly enjoyed the
descent and really felt the Howgill effect- a great
sense of freedom- itís gentler than the Lake District,
much more grassy yet in some ways wilder, probably because
its largely unbounded by walls. And of course, by now,
some hours behind schedule, the mist was starting to
clear from the tops!
had asked that we visit Foxís Pulpit on the return.
I took a wrong road and found another little church,
St John the Evangelist at Firbank.
John the Evangelist's Church, Firbank
St John's Church
This is very similar in appearance to that at Howgill
and with a superb view.
view from St John's across to the Howgills
soon picked up the right road and found the rocky outcrop
where in 1652 George Fox had enthralled a congregation
of a thousand seekers for three hours.
rather less, both in terms of time and folk!
arriving home, I found the cherry picker neatly parked.
It turned out it wasnít big enough- and a larger
monster would arrive in the morning so the chimney could
be reached and the flue liner fitter.
address the seekers
latter day George Fox?
could not help but reflect that had George Fox been alive
today, there wouldnít have been the need for the thousand
or so folk to traipse across the moor for a convenient
high rock to serve as a pulpit.
All he would need
to do is hire a cherry picker and any old field then
launch himself thirty feet into the air from whence
he could delight the assembled throng for hours on end.
it was big enough, of course!
24th April 2009
24th April 2009
on the Howgill Fells)
Calf, Calders, Arant Haw
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: Down in the Forest
: Not How But Where?
: Binsey Can Wait
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Thursday 12th February
: Badgers on the Line
: It's not a W!
: Up on the Roof
: Not the Blisco Dashers
Thursday 2nd April
: John's Comeback
Monday 6th April
: Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
: Companions of the BOOT
: The Gale Force Choice
: The Comeback Continues
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: For England and St George
: The Coniston Outliers
Friday 31st July
: Little To Be Said In Favour?
: The Third Night of the Rescue
: Long Wet Windy Monty Bothy Fun?
: Dear Mrs Scroggins
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: An Ard Day's Hike
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A Canter of Convalescents?
International Autumnal Expedition
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- BB0931 : A Bit of an Adventure
Thursday 1st October
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: Aye Up What?
: Where Eagles Wade
: After the Floods
: The Mystery of the Missing Glove
: A Too Short Walk
: One Hundred and Onesfell
: Back to the Beginning
: BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
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